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the car i want has a am 8 track head i wanna restore everything from the exterior in exept this is going to be a street performance car to show up those tiny japanesse cars whos boss and the engine is going to be rebuilt and im going to put some performance parts on it and i want a new stereo and im wondering would cougar restorers frown on me??
 

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You can have the best of both worlds. Keep the old school stereo for looks and put a kickin' sound system in for pleasure :)

Maybe the new stereo can go in the glove box or someplace hidden out of the way.

And build that bad cat for yourself as you see fit :D
 

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cool i was going to put a custom kenwood in there i have it all drawn up to fit perfectly in the back its gunna make the rear jump!
thanks for the advice

heh what would you say about Nitrous Oxide?
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Honestly, it shouldnt really matter what any one else says about YOUR car. The 8 tracks are very rare nowadays, and could sell it for a good dime on ebay. Aside from that, 8 tracks never did sound good did they, kinda hard to get a thumpin sub sound from one of them. My wifes folks have an old New Yorker with a record player in it, go figure. Its a little 45 rpm thing, very cool looking for a nostalgia thing but very impractical.
Try not to cut up the dash on your car to much to install the new stereo, cuz if you do sell it, put it back in and sell it with the 8 track, or hide the new head unit somewhere (glove box, under seat. etc.) and keep the 8 track in.
Owner comfort and happiness should be the first thing you think about when it comes to your car, not what anyone else thinks.


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another question did the xr7 g's come with cloth or leather?!?
because my friend (mike) has a chevelle i cant remember the modle and he has this tight black upulstery with a whote leather strip down the middle
 

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Resto-mod CD installation

Although I dig on 8-track (mondo groovy) while out cruising one nite I stopped at a gas station on the drag to talk Cougar with a couple of guys in a 68. They just did a stereo intstall and said that the CD player sounded great. I told them that I too had considered a CD stereo if only they made one in a twin post model and asked how they mounted a flush type deck...they had mounted it in dash above the radio console in the trim panel, which of course did away with any originality the interior was to offer, but I have to admit it looked almost natural there. Not to mention the guy went on to tell me that they used the existing cut out in the sheet metal for the visual check panel (how convenient)...

I wish I would have known about that when I had my first Cougar. The trim panel was toast and that cougar didn't have a visual check panel, and originality mattered squat compared to tune-age.
Wait a minute, they didn't have CDs then, and I do recall swapping out the after-market 8 track for a pioneer am/fm cassette (only after it got lame listening to the same 10 8-tracks).
 

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sweet go for it! i have the stock AM/FM in my car ( is that rare at all by the way? ). its not great, but its stereo at least. you have any pics of the car ?? pucking on the rice rockets is alot of fun too. i played with an NSX the other day and was far from impressed ( i think he was a bad driver actually ).
 

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sixt9, Its funny you ask what your am/fm is worth as I have been watching one on e-bay. It just brought $164. I have the same radio in my car and I wish someone would offer me that kind of money for it as they would then be the new owner of it.

I think the 8 track would be cool as my car was original with one and it would let me wander back in my mind to my younger days. mm
 

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I wish I had an original 8 track too, unfortunately that part of my console was all hogged out to make room for a CD player. Someday I'll score one and make it stock looking but I won't ditch my CD player either. :)
 

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Do what makes YOU happy!

I would personally mount the new deck in the glovebox, therefore sparring the dash from any modification. Besides that, a stealth install looks sweet in an "old school". I love to see what appears to be an "average" car only to find out it's a sleeper! Looks stock but really rocks! Besides that, if you hide everything you don't have to go top dollar ('cause you can't see it) and nobody will mess with your system 'cause they won't know it's there!
 

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I have the original am/fm deck in my car to for looks, also a 94 Escort CD player and external amp in my dash. Here's a picture.
 

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i think im going to go and get a custom cd deck with whatever the dash is wood or plastic or whatever and just put it there and thanks for the help
 

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Cd All The Way

I GOT A SONY CD AM FM IN MY 69,I WAS ABLE TO GET A EXTRA BEZEL TO USE SO I WAS ABLE DO AS I WANT TO WITH THE ONE I FOUND.I HOPE THE TIME NEVER COMES BUT I CAN PUT THE FACORY ONE BACK IN.
 

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devil_cougar said:
another question did the xr7 g's come with cloth or leather?!?
because my friend (mike) has a chevelle i cant remember the modle and he has this tight black upulstery with a whote leather strip down the middle
Most XR7s came in leather (seating surfaces). Some 1968 and 1969 XR7s came in knitted vinyl replacing the leather panels. There's a breakdown in Kevin Marti's CBTNs.

I vaguely remember the Chevelle/Malibu/SS interiors with the narrow white stripe. It was all vinyl.

1969 was the first for cloth interiors. Although they are pretty rare. I've seen several Houndtooth 70 XR7s that are really cool.

Check this out for stereos http://www.halonmarketing.com/autosound.html


Tim B
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http://members.aol.com/timbrands/index.html
 

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At first I thought I wanted my radio to look original so I bought an am/fm from a wrecking yard but then I came to my senses. I bought an am/fm/cassette from radio shack that has a cd input jack on the front, I just plug in a portable cd player and sit it on the console. The nexzt option I would go for is obvious, a cd unit in the trunk, maybe sometime but its way down on the to do list.
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Does your 8-track have FM radio on it? I put a 10 disc changer in my trunk along with an amplifier. The changer runs into the antenna hookup behind the stereo and plays through the radio. I'm not sure how well it works without digital tuning so you may want to ask. I had put a late 80's Pioneer in my '73 and it has digital tuning. It was also easier than hooking up a new stereo.
 
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